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'Three Cups of Tea' Author Greg Mortenson Under Scrutiny for Validity of Novel

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Apr. 18 2011, Published 12:33 p.m. ET

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Author Greg Mortenson's name has been buzzing on the Internet over reports that key stories from his 2006, best-selling memoir, Three Cups of Tea, were fabricated.

In the uplifting book, Mortenson shares his story of an effort to climb K2 — the second highest mountain in the world — in his sister's honor. While climbing the treacherous slope, he had an accident and recounts being rescued by Pakistani villagers who showed him kindness and looked after his survival.

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When he was rescued, he promised to return to help build schools for local girls, and now has donated millions of dollars to his charity — The Central Asia Institute — in their honor.

But last night on 60 Minutes, another author, Jon Krakauer, told CBS that Mortenson's stories, along with his alleged capture by the Taliban, were not true.

"It's a beautiful story, and it's a lie," Krakauer, who original backed Mortenson and his foundation, told CBS' Steve Kroft.

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Mortenson has responded to the accusations against him, saying, "The 60 Minutes program may appear to ask simple questions, but the answers are often complex, not easily encapsulated in 10-second soundbites."

Do you think Greg made up his story? Watch the 60 Minutes clip below, via Huffington Post, and share your thoughts in the comments.

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